Stinking gladwyn

Iris foetidissima

Stinking gladwyn - Iris foetidissima

Common Name: Stinking gladwyn
Genus: Iris
Species: foetidissima

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Will tolerant a wide range of soil moisture levels

A useful iris as it tolerates both shade and dry soil. Nicknamed the stinking iris it has bright green strappy leaves that smell a little when crushed and rather shy pale lemon and purple flowers in late spring. In autumn the seed pods burst open to reveal beads of bright orange berries. Plant it in bold swathes in difficult areas of the garden where little else will grow. It self seeds freely.

  • Garden care: Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil incorporating plenty of well-rotted manure or compost into the planting hole.


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